Theodore Gathman

Theodore Gathman, age 83, of New Rockford, ND, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford.

Theodore Franklin Gathman was born on June 26, 1934, in White Earth, ND, the son of Theodore and Bernice (Zimmerman) Gathman. He grew up in Berthold, ND, and attended school there until his graduation in 1952.

Theodore met the love of his life Patricia Leintz in Anamoose, ND, and was united in marriage on November 10, 1957, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Berthold, ND. Together, they made their life in Berthold for 2 years. During that time they had two sons, Rodney and Kevin. They then moved to Warwick, ND where they had a son, David. In 1967, the family moved to New Rockford where they had their daughter, Lisa. In December of 1974, they moved to Minot, and in 1978, they moved to Conrad, MT; 4 months later they moved back to New Rockford, where they have resided since.

Ted worked for a few different elevators throughout his lifetime. He managed the Farmers Elevator in Warwick and was manager at Peavey Elevator Co. in three different locations. He then purchased Peavey Elevator in New Rockford which was operated under G&R Grain and Feed and retired in 1997.

Ted enjoyed fishing, sporting events, music, and any thing that kept him outdoors. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was known for sharing his love of ice cream with anyone that he encountered. He will be remembered for his gift of conversation.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia, New Rockford; his sons, Rodney (Myrna), Minot, Kevin (Lisa), Devils Lake, and David (Deneen), Bismarck; his daughter Lisa (Lonnie) Thompson, New Rockford; 12 grandchildren: Derek (Megan) Gathman, Alyssa (Josh) Worrall, Shane (Keshia) Gathman, Andrea (Tyler) Mund, Devin Gathman, Courtney Gathman, Katelyn Thompson, Ashley Gathman, Alexa Gathman, Jacob (Mikki Erstad) Gathman, Amber Gathman, Hunter Thompson; 5 great-grandchildren, Rhett, Colter, Benson, Kyson, and Thea with two more great-grandchildren on the way.

Theodore is also survived by his siblings: George, Jean (Francis) Hennessey, Judy (Bob) Schwehr, Kenny (Ardyce), Jim (Teresa), Gary (Laurie), Steve (Kim), Mary Kurtz; sister-in-law Virginia Gathman; brothers-in-law Vergil Mosser and Galen Leintz and many nieces and nephews.

Theodore was preceded in death by his parents; sister Kathy Mosser; brother Frank Gathman; sisters-in-law Marian Miller, Louise Leintz, Joyce Leintz, Patricia L. Gathman, Francis Leintz; brothers-in-law Lloyd Miller and Marvin Leintz.



Sunday 1:00PM - 5:00PM, at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, and will continue from 6PM-7PM in the Church.


Sunday 6:45PM, with a Vigil Service at 7:00PM, all in St. John’s Catholic Church,  New Rockford


Monday, April 9, 2018, at 10:30AM, in St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford

BURIAL: St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford


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Name: MaryLou weeks (nte Van Buskirk)

Date: 4-8-18

Message: Ted was a year ahead of me in high school.  Remember him fondly.  He was one of the stars on the Bomber basket ball team.  My sympathy & prayers to & for his family. MaryLou Weeks


Name: Duane and Toni Poynter

Date: Sunday

Message: To all the Gathman family I am saddened by your loss Ted was a great man . I really liked calling on him when they had G&R Grain when I was the Peavey Rep. He was a great man and mentor to me. Rest in peace my dear friend.



Name: Ardis Weber

Date: 4-8-18

Message: Pat and family - we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ted.  We have the fun times and memories of the softball team that him and Arnie played on.  He was a great guy, Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

Ardis & Arnie Weber


Name: Leon & Cheryl Arnold

Date: 4-6-18

Message: So sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Love and prayers Leon and Cheryl (Leintz) Arnold



Name: Wilbur Fisher

Date: 04/07/18

Message: We are so sorry  at the death of Ted. We really enjoyed your family when you lived in Warwick.  I was the Lutheran Pastor in Warwick in the 60's. You have a lovely family. God Bless Ted's memory.


Name: Gaylin and Sandra Borth

Date: 4/6/2018

Message: I worked with Ted at Peavey elevator for 1 year before he went to Minot. When he came back to New Rockford, we played league softball together for many summers. Ted was a stern man but very generous and fair, and he liked to play a good joke on you now and then. Ted you will not be forgotten, Rest In Peace my friend. Pat,you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Name: Bob &Shirley leintz

Date: 4/5/2018

Message: Sorry to hear about your loss, just heard hope to see you on Monday



Name: Ron & Shirley Bye

Date: 4/5/18

Message: Ted was a special man.

I stayed with the boys in NR when Lisa was born.  Ted came home  from the hospital grinning and said, “we had a girl!â€?  He made a major impact in our lives; because of Ted, we moved to Minot in 1975.  Thank you Ted for being such a good friend. Our love and prayers to Pat and family. Cherish all the good memories.


Name: Cathy Odenbach

Date: April 5, 2018

Message: So sorry to hear of Ted's passing.  Gary and Ted would always have a good time at the golf course dinners (A little too much fun)! He was a wonderful man.



Name: Duane & Pamela Schuler

Date: 4/04/2018

Message: Pat and Family, We want to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of Ted.  May the memories you have of him make the loss easier.

God Bless,   Duane & Pamela Schuler


Name: Patrick Leintz

Date: 4-4-2018

Message: Sorry for you loss - thoughts and prayers are with you - May God Bless!


Name: Mary M. Koenig

Message: Pat and family I was deeply saddened News of Ted's passing. We will miss him a lot at the store. He always have something to say to everyone. As my dad would say did have the Gift of Gab. He was a very special person.

Leland and Mary Koenig


Name: Kent Greff

Date: 04/03/18

Message: Pat, Rod, Kevin, David, Lisa & family members,

I am saddened by your loss of Ted.  He was a great of the finest!  I knew him as a great father to friends, a softball team member, and as a friend.  One time, several years ago when Ted & Pat were visiting Mayo Clinic, we had them over for dinner.  Guess what Ted brought to share?  Flowers and ice cream (the ice cream comment above made me smile). 

Bless each of you in your time of loss.  I know where Ted is at...watching over his family. 

My sympathy,